Answer: The strawberry plants are cold hardy but once the blossoms begin to open they are susceptible to freeze damage. It is important to allow the plants to gradually emerge from the mulch so that they are exposed to the sun and fresh air, but then protect the blossoms from the cold. Many gardeners will pull aside the mulch but keep it nearby so it can be tossed over the plants, or use floating row cover frost blankets, to protect the blossoms on cold nights. The mulch is also used then to keep weeds from getting a hold.
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